Maintenon is a city in Eure-et-Loir.
The exquisite Château de Maintenon, which once belonged to Louis XIV's second wife, who became known as Madame de Maintenon. A "bite-sized" chateau for those who don't want to spend a day walking round visiting a vast edifice.
It's a bit of a hike into town from the railway station (although there are occasional local buses) and the chateau is not an "A-list" site so there is no tourist industry built around it. However, there are enough bars and restaurants in town to satisfy all but the most demanding traveller.
From the chateau, it's an easy drive to Nogent le Roi, another small town with an impressive array of medieval buildings, a chateau, small public park and magnificent church. This one, with the sun shining through it's glorious windows, inspired me more than the magnificent edifice at Chartres.